I am happy to announce we have a screech owl living in Owlendale once again, at least occasionally.
Although I have not seen Ace for a couple of days, he has stayed in the box several times over the past 11 days.
I would not have any idea of how often he has been staying here without the video-camera.
I also have been checking the Quacker Track video-cam to make sure he has not been staying in the wood-duck box instead.
(He has not.)
I have missed the little guy. The last I saw him was last June, when the final owlet fledged.
Even though we have never talked, or even really said hello, Ace has been a good neighbor.
Quiet, well-mannered, and a good mouse exterminator. Who could ask for more?
I hope that everyone will give him plenty of space -- or else he will be driven away, which would be a shame.
This happened two owl seasons ago, when people got too close to the box.
What you see in the photo above is all you'd see when he's at the opening -- if you'd see him at all.
So I hope people will follow and enjoy Ace's exploits on this blog, and leave the little fellow alone.
Below is a photo of Ace taken on the screech-cam last week.
Is he the same Ace as last year?
He is gray-phased, just like last year, he looks like Ace, and owls tend to return to nesting sites when they have been successful.
I am trying to find way to post videos of Ace so that they are easier to see. Right now it is so iffy and time-intensive I may have to post the old way, which was less than satisfactory but better than nothing.